Midwest Veterans of America hosting essay contest for high school students; Enter by May 1

Midwest Veterans of America is hosting an essay contest for high school students, freshmen through seniors, with cash prizes awarded to top entries. The theme of the essay is “My American Veteran Hero” and entries are due by May 1.

According to Midwest Veterans of America leadership, all essays must be typed in English with no color or graphics, and contestants can not identify themselves within the essay content. Essays must be the contest entrants’ own work; copied or plagiarized essay content will not be entered into the contest. All essays become the property of the Midwest Veterans of America.

Essays will be judged on how well the entrant understands, develops and presents the theme, which should be a positive representation of the veteran hero being written about. Entries should demonstrate research has been conducted about the hero and the author’s experience with them.

Prizes to the top three essays will be awarded as follows: First place - $100, Second place - $75, Third place - $50. An American flag and a plaque will also accompany each prize awarded.

Entries are due by Sunday, May 1 and should be mailed to: Midwest Veterans of America; P.O. Box 253; Waukon, IA 52172. For additional information about the essay contest, call 563-568-5275.